# SYSV checksum

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__: Commonly used, legacy checksum algorithm__

**Short description**The **SYSV checksum algorithm** was a commonly used, legacy checksum algorithm.
It has been implemented in UNIX System V and is also available through the sum command line utility.

This algorithm is useless on a security perspective, and is weaker than the CRC-32 cksum for error detection.^{[1]}^{[2]}

## Description of the algorithm

The main part of this algorithm is simply adding up all bytes in a 32-bit sum. As a result, this algorithm has the characteristics of a simple sum:^{[2]}

- re-arranging the same bytes in another order (e.g. moving text from one place to another place) does not change the checksum.
- increasing one byte and decreasing another byte by the same amount does not change the checksum.
- adding or removing zero bytes does not change the checksum.

As a result, many common changes to text data are not detected by this method.

The FreeBSD pseudocode for this algorithm is:

s = sum of all bytes; r = s % 2^16 + (s % 2^32) / 2^16; cksum = (r % 2^16) + r / 2^16;

The last part folds the value into 16 bits.

## References

## Sources

Original source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SYSV checksum.
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